Run Broker

Using ActiveMQ Classic > Run Broker

Running an ActiveMQ Classic Broker

Note if you want to use an embedded broker then see How do I embed a Broker inside a Connection

This page describes how to run a broker using 4.x or later of ActiveMQ Classic.

Running the broker as a Unix Service

See the  Unix Shell Script for details.

Running the broker using the Java Service Wrapper Implementation

See the Java Service Wrapper Page for details.

Monitoring the broker

You can monitor ActiveMQ Classic using the Web Console by pointing your browser at


From ActiveMQ Classic 5.8 onwards the web apps is secured out of the box.

The default username and password is admin/admin. You can configure this in the conf/ file.

Or you can use the JMX support to view the running state of ActiveMQ Classic.

For more information see the file docs/WebConsole-README.txt in the distribution.

Running the broker inside a Servlet Engine

See the source code (or WAR) of the Web Console for an example of how to run the broker inside a web application using Spring.

Running the broker inside your J2EE 1.4 Application Server

Whether its Apache Geronmio, JBoss 4, WebLogic 9 or some other J2EE 1.4 container you should be able to just reconfigure and then deploy the activemq-*.rar which is included in the binary distribution as a deployment unit in your app server. By default the rar is not configured to start an embedded broker. But by setting the brokerXmlConfig on the resource adapter configuration, the resource adapter will start an embedded broker.

For more details see J2EE

Running the broker from the source code

From the latest checkout of the code you can run a broker using the ActiveMQ Classic Performance Plugin

Running the broker from maven

You can download and install the ActiveMQ Classic Startup Maven Plugin via the following command if you are in a directory with a pom.xml. More detailed usage here

mvn org.apache.activemq.tooling:maven-activemq-plugin:5.0-SNAPSHOT:run

You can also include it the pom and run it using:

mvn activemq:run

Handling JMS brokers going down

A common requirement is that if the JMS broker goes down you want to automatically detect the failure and try to reconnect under the covers so that your application does not have to worry about reconnection.

There is detailed documentation on this in Configuring Transports; briefly…

Just change your connection URI in 4.x to


And the JMS client will auto-reconnect to the broker if it is shutdown and restarted later on.

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